November 1, 2015 - San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Russian officials are now admitting that the Metrojet Airbus A321-200a which crashed in the Sinai on Saturday killing all 224 passengers and crew had “broken up at high altitude,” a non-revelation really, considering that remnants of the commercial airliner were strewn over an unusually wide area:
“The plane's flight data and cockpit voice recorders were recovered from the crash site, which spreads out over 16 square kilometers (over 6 square miles) some 70 kilometers (44 miles) south of the Egyptian city of el-Arish.” [source, The Latest: Russian Plane to Evacuate Crash Victims' Remains , New York Times]
These same officials were noncommittal regarding when, or where the information from the plane’s black box flight data recorder would be analyzed.
Aviation experts seem to agree that it’s possible the flight could have been taken down by a bomb placed in the luggage hold, “French experts believe Isil may have placed bomb on [the] plane…President Sisi says nothing has been ruled out [source, Raf Sanchez, Magdy Samaan, David Chazan and Ben Farm, Could a bomb have caused the Russian plane to crash in Sinai? , Telegraph UK]
Almost immediately after the crash, ISIS claimed responsibility for the disaster and in short order a video, disclaimed as fraudulent by ISIS, appeared on social media.
It was the worst air disaster in Russian history.
Though speculative, we believe that the possibility of terrorism regarding this event is quite high given the number of incidents which would have to be dismissed as being purely coincidental in order for the crash to have occurred for reasons not related to terrorism or some similar external agent.
A Russian airliner was indeed brought down; it broke up in mid air, apparently without warning; Russia has recently expanded its air operations in Syria, hitting targets believed to be associated with ISIS, prompting threats of reprisal; The group has claimed responsibility; The Sinai is a known to house numerous jihadist groups and ISIS has already made its presence known, “On 29 January 2015, militants from the ISIL-affiliated Wilayat Sinai (Sinai Province) militant group launched a series of attacks on army and police bases in Arish using car bombs and mortars. The attacks, which occurred in more than six different locations, resulted in 44 deaths: [source, Wiki].
It would be surprising [pleasantly in a macabre way] that, assuming Russian and Egyptian authorities release the nature of the cause when it has been determined, the crash of Airbus A321-200a was not somehow related to the global jihad and ISIS in particular.
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